With 145 road resurfacing projects scheduled for this year, Naperville city officials say they hope to minimize the inconvenience to residents.
Also underway are numerous other projects along Naperville roadways like the Route 59 expansion, the lining of sewer pipes and converting street lights to LED technology.
"There's a lot going on," said city spokesperson Linda LaCloche. "Several different contractors are involved, and we're trying to coordinate everything so we're not causing more traffic issues than need be. We're very conscious of the traffic impact on the community."
$11.6 million is being spent on street repaving, not including the Route 59 project. The resurfacing will occur in all four quadrants of the city and is being spread out to minimize the inconvenience to residents.
Seventy-one of the street pavement projects will take place between May and July. Work on the other 74 segments will run between July and Oct.
Some residents complained last February that Ranchview Drive had areas of severely cracked pavement. Parts of that street are slated for resurfacing between May and July.
Ongoing Route 59 construction is widening to three lanes a 2.5 mile stretch of the road between I-88 and Aurora Avenue. The $84.8 million project is funded primarily with state funds, but $12.9 million is coming from the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, $2.35 million from Naperville, $239,620 from Aurora and $42,550 from Naperville Township.
"In our citizen survey, in 2012, traveling north to south was a major complaint, so the Route 59 project has been a major focus," LaCloche said. "We've worked for about 10 years for IDOT to come in and address that. We're quite happy that it's being addressed, but we know that it's going to be a pain point for our community and commuters throughout the two-year duration."
Also scheduled for resurfacing is a major north-south arterial, Naper Boulevard. The two-mile section between Maple Avenue and Gartner Road will be resurfaced sometime between May and July. Officials said some lane closures are expected but traffic will be maintained in both directions.
"We want the residents to know we're being responsive to their concerns about traffic congestion," said LaCloche. "We're never going to be able to completely solve the problem, and we know there can be frustration with it, so we're looking at managing it better. A community that has traffic is a lively place that has a lot of business, and people want to be here."
Naperville is in the process of studying the implementation of a traffic management system to electronically control traffic lights and the flow of vehicles.
Sewer pipe lining also is a major initiative that will prolong that part of the city's infrastructure. In a project that began last year, 14,389 linear feet of sanitary sewer mains are being lined with a heat-cured resin product that officials say results in like-new performance.
"It's a $22 million project to do everything," LaCloche said. "We were working on lining the sewers in Cress Creek, but the cold and the underground frost put a slight delay on that project. We're also moving forward on the Wil-O-Way and Brush Hill subdivisions for sewer lining."
Officials said there will be no traffic disruption for any of the sewer lining projects.
Naperville currently is in the process of replacing more than 11,300 street lights with light-emitting diode luminaires. The previous high-pressure sodium lights lasted three or four years, while the new technology uses 54-percent less energy and lasts 15 years. Replacement of the street lights may involve temporary lane closures.
"The other big project is a Will County project for the 95th Street bridge extension, which actually started last year," said LaCloche. They're widening the river channel and constructing a bridge over the DuPage River. Right now, they tell us the bridge is substantially complete, but there's additional grading and detention that has to be done yet."
Naperville's share of the $26.5 million bridge project is just over $4 million, officials said.
"We're really pushing for residents to sign up for Naper Notify so we can let everyone know about construction projects by the internet," LaCloche said. "It's a really great tool."
The sign-up procedure for Naper Notify and information on all street projects, including an interactive road construction map, are available on the city's website, http://www.naperville.il.us.